Support Our Troops
“…These images are not going softly into any artistic realm. Instead they send shock waves through the brain, implicating ever larger chunks of American society and in many ways reaching up to the present.” While this was written about Emmett Till, this quote easily relates to the injured marines seen above.
U.S. Marine Sargent Merlin German A.K.A. “The Miracle Marine,” Top, survived a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2005. The bomb destroyed his distinct facial features and a few years later in 2008 caused his death after a skin graft procedure. Next, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal William Kyle Carpenter reportedly “shielded a fellow Marine from a grenade in Afghanistan. He was honored but permanently damaged as well.
These men were publicized to honor them for their bravery but also to show us what horrors were overseas at the time. Their faces put fear into our hearts and a desire to bring our troops home from those horrible places. Much like Emmett Till these men made America aware of a horror we never knew to be so bad until we saw their images.
Note: I did not take these images but I did compose the layout & text!